The St. Paul security guard authorities say accidentally shot himself on the job – and then blamed a nonexistent black man for it – has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
Brent Patrick Ahlers, who worked at St. Catherine University, was slapped with criminal charges after it was revealed he lied about the Sept. 12 incident.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a crime, KSTP reports.
The shooting set off a campus-wide lockdown, with students being told to stay indoors while police spent hours searching for the fictional suspect Ahlers reported to them.
Ahlers was taken to the hospital for a shoulder wound and released. Nearly 24 hours later, he was arrested.
He admitted to investigators he was handling his own personal gun at the time when it accidentally fired, and concocted the story about a shooter in the woods because he was scared about losing his job.
The fallout over the case led to his firing from St. Kate's, as well as a public statement from the university.
"While we are distressed and saddened that this incident occurred, we are relieved that no other members of the community were injured," a spokesperson said at the time.
KARE 11 says Ahlers now has a sentencing date of Dec. 19, and is facing up to 90 days in jail.
GoMN has reached out to the city attorney's office for more information.